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THE OGDEN VALLEY NEWS Page 22 Volume VI, Issue VIII August 1, 2002 DR. WIKSTROM cont. from page 21 had married Naomi Chard, he was on an outing with some of the boys and fell into a patch of poison ivy. He had blisters everywhere it had touched him. It became worse because it itched so badly, and when he scratched, the blisters broke. Everywhere the oozing Sons of John Floyd Wikstrom and Gladys Marie Kent from left: John, Robert and Kent, about 1938. liquid touched, more blisters formed. He was covered, and they tried everything they could think of, even bathing him in soda before they called Doc Wikstrom. When Doc arrived and threw back the covers, he stated, “You are in a hell-of-a-mess.” The doctor didn’t have a remedy. He told them only to keep doing what you’re doing. When the professional ski jumpers came to Ogden in 1930 for competition at Becker’s Hill. Dr. Wikstrom was a member of the general committee. Becker’s Hill was just east of where the caretakers house for Pineview Reservoir is now located. The top of it, a bare spot, is still visible above the present Eden Highway 165. When the Ogden Reds joined the Pioneer league in 1939, Dr. Wikstrom offered his services as team physician. He served the Reds without remuneration until his death, and numbered scores of major league stars among his friends. He was one of only a few physicians in the nation maintaining his own telephone in a baseball park. The doctor also liked to hunt and fish, and was a staunch advocate of sports activity for the proper maintenance of health. Besides his services to the Ogden baseball club, he was keenly interested in boxing—Jack Dempsey and Max and Buddy Baer being the doctor’s good friends. Perhaps his most ardent avocational interest was in the raising and training of dogs. He was a supporter of the annual dog derby held in Huntsville 1930 to 1933, sponsoring Jack Oliver and his dog team in partnership with Dr. George Fister. Jack Oliver lived in Huntsville on a Fox Farm between 1st and 2nd rivers east of Winter’s Grove. The sponsors made sure that Jack competed in races in Huntsville; Lake Tahoe; Jackson, Wyoming; and Ashton, Idaho. Jack maintained two full teams in order to have replacements when needed. Doc Wikstrom was well known, and many Sundays in the summer he and Gladys would bring his doctor and lawyer friends with their wives to the Valley House for one of those famous chicken, trout, or steak dinners. One of the student nurses at Dee Hospital had made it known that she was going to marry a doctor. As it happened, she picked Dr. John F. Wikstrom to shower with affection, and he fell for it. The Wikstroms were divorced in 1942 and in 1943, he married Donna Parry. Doctor Wikstrom had his first heart attack in the fall of 1944. His nephew, Jack, had just received a medical discharge from the army, and Doc sent for him, because he needed help to manage his property. It was important that he rest, and be free from worry. He had bought the old church section in Baldy Watts, and also bought a house in Eden behind the Church (Hearthside), which included 40 acres of land at the end of Shaw’s Lane next to the Browning Ranch. Jack wasn’t entirely well himself, but he managed the property and remodeled the house in Eden. They also did some speculating in land and cattle. Doc had some milk cows there in Eden, and hired someone to take The OGDEN VALLEY NEWS is interested in collecting and printing historical stories, biographies and photos. Please contact Jeannie Wendell at 745-2879 or Shanna Francis at 745-2688 if you have stories of this nature. You may also mail copies of them to: OGDEN VALLEY NEWS PO BOX 130 EDEN UT 84310 Thank you for your contributions. Financing Available care of them. When one of them got sick he would try to diagnose the problem like it was a patient. Doc raised some beautiful roosters, and he especially liked the large ones, such as the Rhode Island Reds and the Black Minarky. They were beauties. He took several ribbons at the livestock shows in the Coliseum. Doc had trouble with his furnace and couldn’t figure out what was wrong, so he called John Creamer in Liberty, who found that the worm drive of his stoker had broken, which he then proceeded to fix. In 1945, Germany had surrendered, but the “Japs” had not, and meat was still being rationed. Ben Wood was faced with an investigation by the ration board House in Eden purchased by Dr. J.F. Wikstrom, about 1944. ,and asked Doc for advice. He had been too generous with some needy people and didn’t have enough ration stamps to balance out with his meat supply. Doc Wikstrom had purchased some Black Angus cattle from J.C. Penney Company. Among them was a free-martin (sterile heifer). Doc told Ben to weigh her and figure the market price, then cut up the meat and take what he needed to balance his books, and put the rest in a locker for Doc. His nephew, Jack and Ben’s son Kay, killed and cleaned the heifer in the barn, and Ben took it from there. Doc never felt good after his first heart attack, but continued attending to his patients, and keeping abreast of anything new in medicine. When he made his rounds in the Valley he would have Jack drive him so he could read some of the new literature that had been received. A mishap was reported in the Ogden Standard-Examiner on 19 September 1946, which stated: “Dr. J.F. Wikstrom, Ben Lomond Hotel, suffered two broken ribs and a broken toe about eight thirty a.m. today when a trailer became uncoupled from a truck and ran into the doctor as he was stepping from his automobile at Twenty-fourth and Harrison. He was preparing to attend patients at the Dee Hospital.” A year later, on 18 September 1947, the heart ailment caused his death at seven fifty-seven p.m. in the St. Benedict Hospital. Public Masonic funeral services were held 22 September 1947. Burial was in the Ogden City Cemetery. Dr. John Floyd Wikstrom married 15 September 1920 at Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska, Gladys Marie Kent who was born 22 August 1896, Madison County, Nebraska, daughter of James Ambrose Kent and Mary F. Halpin and died 2 December 1975, Salt Lake City, Utah, buried the 5th at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, Salt Lake City, Utah. They were parents of three sons; 1. John Floyd Wikstrom III, who was born 16 October 1923, Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska and died 10 August 1978, Ogden, Weber, Utah, buried the 12th at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, Salt lake City, Utah; 2. Kent Blaine Wikstrom, who was born 11 July 1926, Ogden, Weber, Utah and died 11 September 1978, Ogden, Weber, Utah, buried at Aultorest Memorial Park, Ogden, Weber, Utah; 3. Robert James Wikstrom, who was born 9 June 1936, Ogden Weber, Utah. Dr. John Floyd Wikstrom and Gladys Marie Kent were divorced about 1942 and he married 2 June 1943 at Ogden, Weber, Utah, Donna Parry who was born 21 December 1913, Grace, Caribou, Idaho, daughter of George Parry and Louisa Allsop. Donna remarried after the death of John F. Wikstrom. Her husband was Gordon W. McGrew when she died 6 February 1990 in Ogden. She was buried the 10th in Ogden City Cemetery. Likeable, generous and kind, Dr. John Floyd Wikstrom was a decided personage within the community he had adopted for his home and practice. As a local contemporary newspaper columnist wrote: “Ogden, Weber County and the state of Utah lost a sports champion when Dr. Wikstrom was called.” A member of the Weber County Medical Society, and president thereof at the time of his death, Dr. John Floyd Wikstrom was a member also of the Ogden Surgical Society, the Utah State and the American Medical Associations. He was, in addition, an active member of the order of Free and Accepted Masons, held the thirty-second degree and was a shriner. He also belonged to the Weber Club. Note: This record compiled by Stanley F. Wangsgaard, from Ogden StandardExaminer news item and obituary; “Utah-A Centennial history,” autobiography; Oral history from interviews with nephew, Jack H., Wikstrom, son, Robert J. Wikstrom, and others; Cemetery records of Ogden City Cemetery, Aultorest and Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.